When this bowl was announced, it was supposed to be an offensive shootout between powerful and well-rounded Boise State and the dominant passing game of Arizona State. With Boise State's recent secondary issues, it was far from a lock for the Broncos given the Sun Devils are a deep pass team.
After defeating USC, it seemed like Arizona State was well on its way to the PAC-12 Championship game and possibly even the Rose Bowl. Instead, they proceeded to go 6-6 and barely received an invite to the Maaco Las Vegas Bowl to face the No. 7 Boise State Broncos.
This was hardly the shootout though and for sixth time in Kellen Moore's four-year career, Boise State dominated a BCS opponent by crushing an obviously inferior Arizona State team 56-24. The Broncos proved once again they are every bit as dominant a team as the season-opening rankings had them.
Though Arizona State's discipline was seriously lacking, Boise State came out firing on all cylinders, racking up a Maaco Bowl Las Vegas-record 56 points.
It wasn't that Boise State played perfect football, since they had three turnovers but Arizona State never really left the hotel or the Las Vegas buffet line.
The haters will chalk the ASU loss up to the current turmoil in the Sun Devil athletic department, but Broncos fans had little doubt Boise State would handle Arizona State easily. It was almost as if the 14-point spread added insult to the Broncos' bowl selection injury.
So, with a heavy heart, I will break down the five things we learned from the Broncos' victory over Arizona State in the Maaco Las Vegas Bowl.